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World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years'
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are suffering the biggest losses. Human activity, including habitat loss, wildlife trade, pollution and climate change contributed to the declines. Dr Mike Barrett. head o...
Italy earthquakes: Strong tremors shake central region
Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, damaging buildings and injuring dozens of people. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 19:10 (17:10 GMT) near Visso in Macerata province, followed two hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area. Emergency teams have worked through the night. In August an earthquake killed about 300 people south of Visso. There are few reports of serious injuries but bad weather has been hampering efforts to assess the damage. Visso is 70km (45 m...
Canadian nurse charged with eight murders
A 49-year-old nursing home worker in Ontario has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder spanning several years. Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, Ontario, appeared in court on Tuesday morning. The victims were residents in two long-term care facilities where Ms Wettlaufer worked and were between 75 and 96 years old. Police said seven of the victims were given a fatal dose of a drug. The victims were five women and three men and were all residents of Caressant Care ...
North Korea nuclear: US intelligence chief says disarmament unlikely
The US policy to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme is "probably a lost cause", the US national intelligence director has said. James Clapper said the best the US could hope for was a cap on the North's capabilities, in a speech in New York. It is a rare admission that Washington's long-standing goal of denuclearisation may not be achievable. However, the US state department said its policy had not changed. North Korea claims to have made rapid progress in its nucl...
Calais 'Jungle': Overnight fires raze parts of migrant camp
Fires have razed parts of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, as French authorities continue operations to demolish it. At least one gas canister exploded with one migrant lightly injured. The clearance began on Monday and about 4,000 migrants - out of some 7,000 - have been taken from the squalid camp to shelters around France. There are concerns remain that some will refuse to give up their attempts to cross the Channel to the UK. The operation has been largely peaceful so far.
Dreamworld: Siblings and couple among dead at Australia theme park
A sister and brother and the brother's partner have been named as three of the four people killed in an Australian theme park accident. Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, 32 and 35, died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on Queensland's Gold Coast on Tuesday, their mother said. Mr Dorsett's partner Roozbeh Araghi was also killed, the ABC reports, along with a woman from New Zealand. Two children survived in what officials said was "almost a miracle". The park, one of Australi...
'Miracle' US children survive after father's leap from bridge
Two young children have survived after their father jumped off a motorway bridge in the US state of New Jersey with them in his arms. John Spincken died after leaping off the 100-foot high (30m) bridge into a wooded area, state police said. His sons, who are aged one and three years old, were found conscious nearby and are expected to make a full recovery. Local police called it "nothing short of a miracle". The children are being treated in hospital for serious but not life-threatening inju...
Trump: Clinton's foreign policy plan would start WW3
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said his rival Hillary Clinton's foreign policy plan in Syria would trigger World War Three. He also said the US should focus on defeating so-called Islamic State (IS) rather than removing Syria's president. Mrs Clinton has proposed a no-fly zone over Syria. The top US military chief has said that could spell conflict with Russian jets in the region. The Clinton campaign accused Mr Trump of "playing to Americans' fears". Mr Trump also attack...
Kim Kardashian West drops Paris robbery lawsuit
Kim Kardashian West has dropped a court case against a website that claimed she staged an armed robbery in Paris. Her lawyer said the two sides had resolved the issue. The reality star said she would take US celebrity gossip site MediaTakeOut to court but has dropped the case after it issued an apology. The site reported the 35-year-old had faked being robbed at gunpoint at a luxury apartment in the French capital earlier this month. The publication also accused her of making a fra...
Dreamworld: Four killed on Australian theme park ride
Four people have been killed on a ride at a theme park on Australia's east coast, police and park officials say. Two men and two women died in the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on Queensland's Gold Coast, a park spokeswoman said. The park in Coomera has been closed and an investigation is under way, the spokeswoman added. Dreamworld bills itself as Australia's biggest theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions. The Thunder River Rapids ride whisks visitors in circular rafts...
Quetta attack: Militants kill dozens at Balochistan Police College
At least 59 cadets and guards have been killed after militants attacked a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. Three militants wearing suicide bomb vests entered the college late on Monday, reportedly taking hostages. A major security operation lasted for hours and all attackers were killed. No group has said it carried out the assault, but Quetta has seen similar attacks by separatists and Islamist militants in recent years. Hundreds of trainees were evacuated from...
Thirteen die in California tour bus crash
Thirteen people have been killed and more than 30 injured in southern California after a tour bus ran into the back of a lorry, media reports say. Most of the passengers are reported to be from Latin America. The crash happened on Interstate 10 close to the resort town of Palm Springs in the early hours of Sunday morning. Investigators are examining the cause of the crash, which happened as the bus was bound for Los Angeles. Rescuers used ladders to climb into the bus windows to remove bodie...
Tom Hayden, famous anti-Vietnam war activist, dies aged 76
Famous American anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died aged 76. Hayden died in his home in Santa Monica "after a lengthy illness", the Los Angeles Times reports. He was a member of the "Chicago seven" charged with conspiracy over anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and eventually acquitted. Hayden later served in the California state assembly and Senate for nearly two decades. He was married to actress Jane Fonda between 1973 and 1990.
Somali pirates' hostages 'ate rats' to survive
A group of sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years survived in part by eating rats, one survivor has told the BBC. Filipino sailor Arnel Balbero said they were also only given small amounts of water and felt like "the walking dead" by the end of their ordeal. The 26 sailors were seized on board their ship in 2012 and were eventually taken to Somalia. They were freed on Saturday, reportedly after a ransom was paid. The sailors were from China, the Philippines, Ca...
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